Cognitive Load vs. Load Time

eLearning Weekly

This article, by Eric Matas, is the first of a three part series on the Psychology of Elearning. Designers love a little cognitive load theory. Cognitive psychology certainly aims to give trainers such a look inside the brain. Cognitive load theory inspires designers to influence various neural systems so attention is focused and retention is optimal. Recently, wired with cognitive load theory, I made the perfect elearning course in Captivate. The lesson?

6 Lessons from the Trenches of Digital Learning Game Design at #ASTDTK14

Bottom-Line Performance

When we started, we found lots of books and articles on game design – but not much on learning game design. Here is a summary of six lessons we’ve learned. This lesson is a critical one.

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Management 3.0, Cognitive Load, Prototyping, Objects, Audio, & Broken

Big Dog, Little Dog

Reducing Extraneous Cognitive Load by Accounting for Individual Differences - Rob Barton. Even if you do not use XHTML, this article provides some good pointers on prototyping, sketching, iteration, etc. Management 3.0 - Here We Are. Now What?

Conveying Tacit Knowledge in eLearning

Integrated Learnings

In a May-June 2009 article printed in Organization Science, Nonaka suggests knowledge of wine tasting or crafting a violin as other examples of tacit knowledge. Think about it – fairy tales often convey a lesson without explicitly stating what the lesson was. Instructional Design Social Media Social Learning Scenario-Based Learning Storytelling Evaluation Tacit Knowledge eLearning Learning Theory Cognitive TheoryBy Shelley A. Gable.

Comic Books and eLearning: Lessons from Scott McCloud’s “Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art”

Convergence Training

And in that article, we promised to follow up with a second article that focuses on the classic book Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art by Scott McCloud. This, my friend, is that second article. Because that’s the whole point of this article.

The shape of minds to come

Learning with e's

She made some important contributions to his stages of cognitive development theory (which will be featured in greater depth in some upcoming articles on this blog). It could be argued that these decisions were made because of Inhelder and Piaget''s cognitive stages theory.

An Exuberant discovery for Lonely and Stressed-out eLearners

Vignettes Learning

When students are engaged and motivated and feel minimal stress, information flows freely through the affective filter in the amygdala and they achieve higher levels of cognition, make connections, and experience "aha" moments. Synthesis: Loneliness is inherent in traditional eLearning.

Get Your Audience Pumped: 30 Ways to Motivate Adult Learners

The eLearning Coach

Even if you provide a suggested order, allow learners to take lessons in a sequence that works for them. Related Articles: Characteristics of Adult Learners. Tags: COGNITION ISD RECENT ARTICLES Motivation is the force that drives people to fulfill a need.

2018: This Year in Learning– 109 Curated L&D Articles from 2018

The Learning Dispatch

Below are our recommended learning and development articles from the past 12 months, including thought-provoking or simply fun articles related to the field.Did you have a favorite L&D post from 2017? Recommended Learning and Development Articles from Our Senior Learning Architect.

How to Weave Hard Facts and Emotions into your eLearning Lessons

Vignettes Learning

Tecumseh Fitch is a professor of Cognitive Biology at the University of Vienna. In his article on learning instincts he argues that human beings have an innate instinct (nature) to learn and develop skills necessary for us to survive and flourish.

Do humour and learning mix well?


” In his article Humour and Communication. Humour can still attract or maintain attention, provide a welcome break from a difficult lesson, break down psychological barriers and even facilitate the expression of ideas that would otherwise not be advanced.”

Top 70 eLearning Articles - Hot Topics: iPad Adobe Captivate - July 2010

eLearning Learning Posts

There’s been a lot of discussion around cognitive theory and “how the brain learns.&# The message is that higher incentives lead to poorer performance on even basic cognitive tasks. Best of eLearning Learning. July 2010. Great stuff again this month.

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Universal Design for Learning: The Intersection of Flexibility and Specificity


Universal Design for Learning is a framework for optimizing the development of learning materials and learning design utilizing lessons learned through neuro, cognitive, and behavioral sciences. This article will dive into Representation At its core lie three principles: multiple means of Representation, Action/Expression, and Engagement.

[IN DEPTH ANALYSIS] Does a sense of community matter in online training?


Essential to the success of an online training course, the learner engagement involves several interacting dimensions: cognitive, behavioral, emotional and social or socio-emotional. While we looked at the first three in a previous article , we will explore here the latter.

Optimizing Ideation


Cognitively we talk about functional fixedness, set effects, and other such artifacts of our mental architecture. Sharing the lesson learned, regardless of outcome, is as important as the actual experiment.

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What NOT to do in L&D


As do most articles in the L&D space, I frequently talk about what we should do. Tools like checklists, lookup tables, decision trees, how-to videos, procedure guides, and more all address gaps in our cognitive architecture.

Thoughts on new leadership in business and learning


Our understanding of cognition has changed from the model of formal logical reasoning to one of contextualized performance. When lessons learned are shared, everyone benefits from the mistake, and the cost is offset by the learning. Articles

Microlearning Under the Microscope


You see it in magazine articles, conference talks, and of course vendor ads. It's about overcoming our cognitive limitations by putting information in the world. If you're like most of us, you participate in clubs, attend events, take some lessons maybe.

A Look Back At The Years Best From Learning Science And Instructional Design

Mike Taylor

Every Friday I post a weekly recap of the best articles, posts, and resources I find from the intersection of learning, design, and technology. Simplifying Cognitive Load Theory. Adam Boxer ( @adamboxer1 ) takes a stab and simplifying the cognitive load theory.

New thoughts on design thinking


In the early 80’s, I read an article calling for a cognitive engineering: designing systems that matched how our brains work. One of the primary lessons from design thinking is the need to be more broadly inclusive in the exploration of potential solutions.

Why every enterprise needs VR-based learning


This is a synopsis of the article, “VR Training: The Scalable, Almost Real World Way to Learn,” featured on on July 11, 2019 and written by Dr. Michael Casale, Strivr’s Chief Science Officer. Read the full article.

Helping Learners Pay More Attention: Can Classroom Strategies Work for e-learning?


In a classroom scenario, students are physically present in their classes, but not paying attention to all the lessons being taught. An article ‘Why can’t students just pay attention’ , throws light on the importance of increasing the attention span of the learners.

Applying The Subsumption Theory In eLearning


It centers on the idea that learners can more effectively acquire new knowledge if it is tied to their existing knowledge base, and that only unique information that stands out within the lesson is committed to memory. The Acquisition and Retention of Knowledge: A Cognitive View: Springer.

Microlearning: What It Is and What It Isn’t

Bottom-Line Performance

I hope this article will help you discover what microlearning is, what it’s not and how to effectively blend it into your 2017 strategies. Our brains constantly set priorities for us cognitively. Last month, we published the results from our 2017 Learning and Remembering Survey.

Transform your PowerPoint into a PowerCast using Camtasia!

TechSmith Camtasia

He has also been published on The Educause Review twice, for articles titled Screencasting to Engage Learning and Creating a PowerPoint Screencast Using Camtasia Studio. Teacher created PowerPoint presentations are easy to create and can be aligned to content lesson standards and objectives.

Increase Course Performance with These 7 Tips for Bite-Sized eLearning


This helps to prevent cognitive overload and ensures that they fully comprehend every idea and concept. An example of a spaced eLearning approach might be one microlearning lesson every day. How You Can Deliver Highly Effective Courses Through Bite-Sized eLearning.

Questions of the Week

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

My problem is I'm not sure how to get the lesson to stop playing while the student checks out the site. as it stands now, the lesson continues to play in the background. Regarding last week's informative article by Jennie Ruby ( Do You Need Both Screen Captions and Voiceover Narration? ). Cognitive constraints on multimedia learning: When presenting more material results in less understanding. Nine ways to reduce cognitive load in multimedia learning.

Microlearning Madness: 25 Great Resources

Knowledge Guru

It helps learners build on knowledge they already have and provides immediate access to short, targeted lessons and support materials. We’ve compiled 25 of our favorite microlearning articles to make it easier to learn about “bite-sized learning” and implement it effectively.

The Secret To Shooting Company Productivity Through The Roof

Ed App

Amongst the plethora of benefits, it avoids cognitive overload. Cognitive overload occurs when the brain is fed too much information to the point where nothing is absorbed or old information is pushed out. In this article, we outline how microlearning significantly boosts your company’s productivity. When information is focused, more is gained out of the lesson in a shorter period of time.

Microlearning, Mega Results

Association eLearning

According to an eLearning Industry article , 70% of millennials visit YouTube Monthly. For an extra motivational boost, try adding gamification elements such as points for people who complete these mini lessons. More lessons complete, more points earned.

Embracing A Principle-Based Model of Instructional Design

eLearning Brothers

Lesson Design (i.e. the best practices for reducing cognitive load, presenting media, designing slide layouts, etc.). Read more instructional design articles on the blog and sign up for a free Template Library account to practice your new skills!

What can you learn from a chatbot?

Joitske Hulsebosch eLearning

If I type 'discrimination' I get 3 articles (see image) The brain bot op Twitter. Instead of conversation lessons, chatting for an hour with your chatbot.

Learning Goals and Objectives in Course Design


this article, we are going to explore in-depth the role of Learning Goals and Objectives in course design and how to prepare a lesson plan based on them. Learning Objectives are measurable subgoals of a lesson and inform particular learning outcomes.

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The Social Learning Revolution in eLearning


Social learning is an age-old learning and teaching strategy, backed by many cognitive scientists. While retouching social learning theories is a requirement for this article, we cannot overstate the benefits this effort can incur for training professionals.

Ruth Clark Claims “Games Don’t Teach”

Experiencing eLearning

Ruth Clark posted at ASTD an article titled “ Why Games Don’t Teach.” Students who played the Crystal Island game learned less and rated the lesson more difficult than students who viewed a slide presentation without any game narrative or hands on activities. Without seeing the full article, I can’t tell. an irrelevant treasure hunt, you’re adding cognitive load or at the least distracting the brain from the content.

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